Mom pleads for release of captive US journalist

In this handout image made available by the photographer American journalist Steven Sotloff (Center with black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata on June 02, 2011 in Misrata, Libya. (Handout, 2014 Etienne de Malglaive)
File photo of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff (center, with black helmet) (Handout, 2014 Etienne de Malglaive)
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Updated: 8/27 12:28 pm

MIAMI (AP) — The mother of an American journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants is pleading for his release in a video aimed directly at his captors.

Shirley Sotloff, who lives in the Miami area, addressed the leader of the Islamic State in seeking the return of 31-year-old Steven Sotloff. Shirley Sotloff says her son shouldn't pay for U.S. government actions in the Middle East and that as a journalist he cared about the weak and oppressed.

The video was aired on the Al-Arabiya television network.

Sotloff was last seen in August 2013 in Syria. He was threatened with death by the militants on a video unless the U.S. stopped air strikes on the group. The same video showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.


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